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Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies: Unit 1 of Fifth Grade Social Studies (Flex)

This class is Unit 1 of four units in Fifth Grade Social Studies where we explore the history of the United States from the pre-colonial period to the start of the Revolutionary War.
Beth Foster
283 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 51 learners
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How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Unit 1 of Fifth Grade Social Studies focuses on U.S. history with the lost colony at Roanoke, the Salem Witch Trials, the Plymouth Colony, and the New England, middle and southern colonies. We’ll go up to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. We’ll look at Native Americans and their struggle and treatment in the formation of the United States. We’ll also look at slavery in the formation of the United States. The unit ends with the student completing a research report.
This flex class is for learners who just want to learn more about the topics, as well as students who want to get a letter of competition. For learners who are just practicing skills, homework is optional but highly recommended. For those learners seeking a letter of completion, there is about four hours of homework to be completed each week, including reading, quizzes, discussion questions, worksheets and writing assignments. There is also a final report. See the rubric below for how the learner will be evaluated. For those students seeking a letter of completion. I will provide an assessment each weekend of the previous week’s assignments. 
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For those students seeking a letter of completion. I will provide an assessment each weekend of the previous week’s assignments. 

Weekly Evaluation Rubric 
- Comprehension Quiz 20 Points
- Classroom Discussion 20 Points
- Writing Assignment 20 Points
- Collaborative Classroom Project 40 Points

Final Assessment for the class is based 50 percent on the weekly evaluation and 50 percent on the final research project. 
No live meetings, and an estimated 4+ hours per week outside of class.
Because fifth grade social studies teaches U.S. history, difficult content is inevitable. This includes colonization, slavery, genocide, war, death, disease, and oppression. The historical realities are disturbing to almost all students no matter their age, but may be particularly disturbing to younger learners. While I try to teach these historical realities in a way that shields younger learners from the worst of the historical horrors and in as age-appropriate manner as possible, we will explore these topics. My particular method of teaching history is to try to help my students see history through the eyes of everyday people. What this often looks like in class is reading accounts of these historical events by enslaved and indentured people, enlisted soldiers, or Native Americans who were forced from their lands. I also seek to use historical accounts to help students explore how oppressed people rebelled, revolted, and resisted oppression.
The fifth grade social studies courses pull from a myriad of sources. We explore the nation's founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, and Bill of Rights. We will use many primary sources to explore historical events and periods through the eyes of people who were firsthand witnesses.These may include diary entries, letters, court testimonies, and other sources. 

As far as lecture development, I pull on several sources. The sources I use most often include Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" and Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr's "American History Now." 


Beth Foster
Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching the Humanities Within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
283 total reviews
224 completed classes

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From ancient times, humans have used stories to better understand themselves and their place in the universe. Stories explain our past and how we can create a better time and world for ourselves and those who will come after us. This is the heart... 
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